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A 19 year old Eagle Mountain man sustained serious injuries after he ran into a car while skateboarding on Squaw Peak road in Provo Canyon

*** PRESS RELEASE August 6, 2019 ***

On Friday, August 2, 2019, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to investigate a crash on Squaw Peak Road in Provo Canyon.  The crash occurred a short distance below the Squaw Peak overlook, about four miles from US Hwy 189.  A 19 year old Eagle Mountain man was riding a skate board down Squaw Peak Road and drifted into the opposite lane of travel as he went around a curve.  As he did this a car coming up the road, driven by a 22 year old Eagle Mountain man, rounded the same curve.  The driver was in the correct lane of travel and could not avoid the man on the skate board.  The man on the skate board hit the front end of the car and sustained serious injuries.  He was transported to Utah Valley Hospital by Provo Fire Department Ambulance.  He is believed to have broken both of his legs above the knee.

Those who engage in skateboarding on public streets are required to obey the same traffic laws as those driving motor vehicles.  That includes, among other things, obeying speed limits (20 MPH on Squaw Peak Road), driving only in the correct lane, and, like bicycles, remaining near the right edge of the road.  While we do not know exactly how fast this man on the skateboard was traveling, it was obviously fast enough that he was unable to stay on his side of the road and not be able to avoid hitting the car coming up the road.  The driver of the car in this case was unable to move out of the path of the man on the skateboard.  He did nothing wrong.  He and his passenger were not injured.

For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.

(801)404-1912 - Cell

(801)851-4333 - Office

Twitter:  @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO